Obama the First Black President of USA

Latest update:12.30noon American people has spoken and spoken clearly: BArrack obama won the US Presidential election 2008 and becomes the first Black President of USA.

From AP:Barack Obama was elected the nation’s first black president Tuesday night in a historic triumph that overcame racial barriers as old as America itself.

The son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, the Democratic senator from Illinois sealed his victory by defeating Republican Sen. John McCain in a string of wins in hard-fought battleground statesOhio, Florida, Virginia and Iowa.

A huge crowd in Grant Park in Chicago erupted in jubilation at the news of Obama’s victory. Some wept.

McCain called his former rival to concede defeat — and the end of his own 10-year quest for the White House. “The American people have spoken, and spoken clearly,” McCain told disappointed supporters in Arizona.

Obama and his running mate, Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, will take their oaths of office as president and vice president on Jan. 20, 2009.

As the 44th president, Obama will move into the Oval Office as leader of a country that is almost certainly in recession, and fighting two long wars, one in Iraq, the other in Afghanistan.

The popular vote was close, but not the count in the Electoral College, where it mattered most.

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1155am..Barack Obama has a commanding and almost insurmountable lead in the Electoral votes in US Presidential election.

For the full news report , read here.

 

Please read my earlier article: CAn Malaysians live that  dream too ?

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bangsa Malaysia
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 13:32:38

    Congratulations to Sen Barack Obama for his win…congratulations to the people of America for stepping up for change.

    Yes we can was the cry…n Yes they did.

    When then can we as Malaysian see the change in our country…to be one as Bangsa Malaysia…the people of this Nation as we see the Americans came to be one with Sen Barack Obama.

    If we don’t discard our prejudices with each other and accept each other as Bangsa Malaysia…we can only talk of the change but not able to act on it.

    Change we must…and Change we will…and Change they did.

    Congratulations to the 44th President Elect Barack Obama.

    I salute you for your bold step and Americans too.

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  2. A true Malaysian
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 14:54:09

    American again has proven to us that they are color blind. Though many of them are of different mix and cultures background, they proudly address themselves as American.

    Their respective ethnicity only play significance in their ‘roots’ but have little effect on their overall objective to be a great democracy of the world.

    Compare to our home front, Umno and BN are playing up ethnicity at every opportunity they can instead of striving for a true Malaysia and liven up the economy. We have a lot to learn from the American.

    American have shown us the maturity in their mentality where McCain graciously conceded defeat instead of giving excuses like because American hates Republican, that’s why they vote Democrat.

    In the last 308 GE, Malaysian genuinely voted in favour of PR but our grand old man deemed it as because we hate BN and not because we support PR. Why can’t Umno and BN just conceded defeats like McCain?

    A defeat is a defeat, just don’t give excuses.

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  3. petestop
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 15:19:23

    Indeed, after 50 years Merdeka, we don’t even have a non-Malay (let alone an East Malaysian Bumi) to be Deputy Prime Minister.

    UMNO just want to sapu all.

    This fact also noted in Lee Kuan Yew biography on MCA’s long time aspiration to at least be DPM.

    Nowadays, most key ministries, including Finance Ministry are all under UMNO.

    Needless to say, BN is a farce. BN component parties are but puppets put up by UMNO to pacify the population and the perpetuate their grip on power.

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  4. Dr Hsu
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 15:34:30

    Obama said: Change has come to America.

    I think the significance of his victory will not only change America, but the world. People will be more colourblind. Hopefully, ordinary Malaysians can be more colourblind and do not simply object to the appointment of a person based on his or her skin colour but more on his or her capability.

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  5. A true Malaysian
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 16:25:40

    So far we have seen leaders in PR getting more and more colorblind, but not those in Umno and BN. In fact, they are getting from bad to worse while generally, rakyat getting more colorblind.

    So, who is leading who now?

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  6. CYC
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 16:29:31

    Yes, change has come to America.

    Yes, change has come to Malaysia. Only difference is the vast majority have change yet the elite politicians have not. Ordinary people have waken up yet the intellectuals still dreaming. Rakyats have the courage to stand up for what they believe yet the leaders remained fearful.

    Yes, we must have hope but not daydream. Obama simply does not appears at our doorstep. People do not become colorblind over night. Their thought must be guided and shaped thru “proper” education not one that based on Biro Tata Negara.
    Yet, which political party is doing anything meaningful to change this scenario ? Gerakan ? MCA? MIC? or simply leave it to UMNO to enhance the racial divide. Doc, answer if you may.

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  7. Dr Hsu
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 16:47:10

    CYC, BTN is a racist organ and should be disbanded. Yes, if BN does not change , and chances are it will not change and that is my views all along, change will come to MAlaysia the next election. I have no doubt about it, and even most Gerakan leaders are of similar views.

    We differ in that I believe Gerakan should not be a part of the rotten government if it does not change, while many others thought they can slowly convince BN to change for the better, knowing that BN will lose if it does not change.

    BUt even in PAS, some of the mentality needs to be changed too, as in the case of Pemuda PAS in the PKNS appointment of LOw, and the 50% housing quota in Kedah.

    This shows that what nees to be changed is the mentality, and Obama’s win gives people like me something to persuade younger people to change their mindsets to a less racist one.

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  8. CYC
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 17:44:27

    Dr,

    In politics, one must have courage to change through whatever means it may be as long as it not against the constitution. Gerakan clearly needs a revolution. How? i don’t have the answer.

    Persuasion is not workable in our political arena. Perhaps, you have to initiate a hostile confrontation with present Gerakan leadership and force them to decide “IN or OUT” from BN. Go for a referendum among members as this is the most democratic process.

    Obama is not born but made through the system he lives in. Similarly, a leader should not be merely being elected but erected through organization’s aspiration to become strong. We have the ability to push him up and also the ability to pull him down. Build up the momentum and the inertia will be hard to resist.

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  9. A true Malaysian
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 17:59:16

    Dr. Hsu,

    All I can say is that your comrades in Gerakan would find excuses to justify them to stay with BN by saying they can ‘slowly’ convince BN (or perhaps Umno) to change for the better. Koh Tsu Koon said this many years ago when he decided to quit Chinese education group and join politics. See what has happened now?

    Yes, you are right to say that certain PAS members need to change their mentality too and I hope they are the minority amongst PR. I hope they will change over time.

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  10. Peter
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 20:17:51

    The USA has won back its morality to lead….

    This alone should wake up all the current leaders of the countries who think they have the right to rule by their narrow view of the people who elected them.

    George Washington
    Abraham Lincoln
    John Kennedy
    Rosa
    Martin Luther King
    Barrack Obama

    They have changed the world from the USA…
    Lets hope we emulate them

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  11. Negarakita.com
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 21:41:09

    USA always ahead of us.

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  12. tonyboneka
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 16:57:50

    USA can, Malaysia boleh?

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  13. A true Malaysian
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 17:19:58

    Discover a comment by one named ‘Mr. Smith’ in a blog named ‘Navel Gazing’ as below :-

    http://thegazerofnavels.blogspot.com/2008/11/ketuanan-melayu.html

    Mr. Smith said…

    There are two types of Malays. The first group is the lovable one. I just love these Malays namely, people like you, Haris, Malik, ,Farish, Bakri, Din, Azly and several politicians from PKR and PAS.
    The second group is the ugly UMNO Malay. This group, some of whom are Arabs, Indians and Indon, claim to be more Malays than the original Malays. And they all belong to UMNO.
    They have no morals, ethics, culture, utterly corrupted, anti non-Malays and unMalay in their way of life.

    They use religion and race to enrich themselves. These are the Malays who should repent – if at all what they do is sin in the eyes of God.
    In my schooldays in the 1950s and 60s I never met such ugly Malays. My peers belonged to the first group, the lovable Malays.
    November 4, 2008 4:48 PM
    ______________

    I like this, the lovable Malays.

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  14. robertchai48
    Nov 08, 2008 @ 18:05:22

    Dare to dream, dare to change. Maybe one day Malaysia will move into a non racial entity. It take time and courage to change it.

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  15. Tpg2Sg
    Nov 24, 2008 @ 10:52:01

    Tpg2Sg

    Mahathir:
    ‘What I think of him”
    Former PM gets a dose of his own medicine from a Somali living in Malaysia. The Malays, too, get an earful.
    Nov 21, 2008

    A Somalis perception of Mahathir

    I’m a Somali living in Malaysia who follows the local scene here very much. I would have to admit that Dr M’s greatest disadvantage is his pure, unadulterated hatred for anyone who disagrees with him.

    Never have I seen a human being whose sole motivation, drive and engine is pure hatred. Just visit his blog which is read by friends and foes, locals and foreigners and I must tell you it epitomises him in every way.

    Since he started it after complaining of UMNO media strangulation, did you see an article that he has written concerning the poor, the needy, the widows, the orphans, the handicapped, the downtrodden, the wayfarers,
    compassion, empathy, sharing, sacrifice, charity, morality, accountability, God’s fear and Judgement, forgiveness, patience (etc)? No.

    Always it is about some people, blaming others, calling them names, dishingout unvanished, pure hatred. Blaming others for this and that and exonerating himself from all blame? Surely, at this age?

    You can’t build a society and a nation through hate, vengeance, intense anger and mean spirit.

    You would have to remind the people the higher purpose of life for them to get motivated and work harder for the less fortunate and for themselves.

    Finger pointing, blaming others, planting defeatist culture in the Malays, reducing them to mad people (we are sensitive, we will run amok society that makes even foreigners despise the Malays) will not help this society and
    nation.

    Somalis, too, suffer
    from ‘hate’ complex

    My people (the Somalis) suffered from cruel leadership and when the hatred became too much, we turned to each other and till today, we the only nation with no Central govt.

    The Malays share with us almost every trait, very feudal, manipulated easily, territorial, misuse of Islam for expediency, rigid explanation of Islam and too much interest in outward Islam than inward Islam that strengthens the hearts, our only difference is that the Malays have the Chinese and the Indians around that make them watch out for the “enemies.”

    For us, we didn’t have that and that’s why we turned to each other. If God has loved the Malays and Malaysia, it is because He brought other people here.

    If some Malays regret the presence of the Chinese and Indians, ask us the Somalis and you will know what it means to be an incestous (homogenous) society and you will praise the Almighty day in day out.

    If it was possible, I would have shipped the Chinese and Indians to Somalia to create diversity in my nation but it is wishful thinking.

    The other person who makes me cringe in shame is one Curry(K) Jamaluddin. Never have I seen a more uncouth, uncultured, degenerate, pugancious, ill, nefarious and utterly infantile being than this young man.

    I have a big heart who tries to understand everyone and put myself in their place, but I don’t think my heart can accommodate one Curry Jamaluddin.

    He is a primate and deserves the worst treatment (though I hate it because we are Muslims and human beings) but honestly he is too much.
    Abubakar,
    Oct 31, 2008

    (This letter was received via e-mail from a friend.)

    Editor: not my email but the email of the commentator who posted this.

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